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post #1 of 13
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I'm starting to worry about Popsie because I've noticed that he hasn't been eating much. I cleaned out his food dish because it had crusty wet cat food in it and it seems like he started not eating much around that time. Could cleaning out his dish have anything to do with that?
post #2 of 13
I'm sorry but I don't know any background....How old is he, how long have you had him? Also it is important to watch for other changes, behavioral, is he drinking more/less then usual, and litter use......
post #3 of 13
Also, what kind of dish (metal, plastic, ceramic)?
What did you use to clean it?
Handwash or dishwasher?
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
I'm sorry but I don't know any background....How old is he, how long have you had him? Also it is important to watch for other changes, behavioral, is he drinking more/less then usual, and litter use......
He's 16, I've had him since he was eight weeks. His mood's fine, activity,drinking,bathroom are all fine. He doesn't seem to be ill. The one time he ever got ill I could tell something was wrong. The vet didn't find anything other than a fever. I think his not eating has something to do with me washing his bowl. Like it doesn't smell the same or something.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Mom of 4 View Post
Also, what kind of dish (metal, plastic, ceramic)?
What did you use to clean it?
Handwash or dishwasher?
It's a deep ceramic bowl and I hand washed it without soap.
post #6 of 13
It is always a good thing to clean their bowls regularly, just be sure to rinse it thoroughly and maybe paper towel dry it is you have water like me, NYC water, it stinks like chlorine! Dry food? My next curiosity would be teeth, could there be some pain, dental problem. Often cats this age need soft food for different reasons, digestive, dental.........
I use ceramic also, I think heavy ceramic bowls are the best thing.......
post #7 of 13
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Now that I think of it he has been acting a little strange behavioral wise. He's not having negative behavoir issues, just acting fruity. Like today, twice he puffed up his tail because my husband made a loud noise. My dh wasn't even in the same room. Popsie doesn't startle that easily. I'm just scared that because of his age these might be signs he's going to pass.
post #8 of 13
I would make a vet visit, better safe then sorry. At this age, there are going to be changes..........Please keep us informed
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
He is starting to eat more now. I don't know what his deal is.
post #10 of 13
Just because he's 16, doesn't mean he's "going to pass", but it could mean something is going on that needs seeing to, and prolonging a visit (even if he's 'better' today) is not a good idea. Any cat that old should be seen routinely anyway.
post #11 of 13
Is it hot where you live? My cats really don't eat a lot during real hot weather. I totally concur with a visit to a vet that has some real experience with and knowledge of cats (I won't go into the long story behind that statement).
Most all intelligent living things change as we age: eat less, become afraid of things that never bothered us before and develop quirks. But it's always a good thing to rule out the physiological.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by clpeters23 View Post
Is it hot where you live? My cats really don't eat a lot during real hot weather. I totally concur with a visit to a vet that has some real experience with and knowledge of cats (I won't go into the long story behind that statement).
Most all intelligent living things change as we age: eat less, become afraid of things that never bothered us before and develop quirks. But it's always a good thing to rule out the physiological.
It was really hot earlier in the week. We have AC though so I would think the heat wouldn't matter. He is eating normally again and it has cooled off so I guess the heat might have been an issue.
post #13 of 13
That's good to hear, but a thorough check up wouldn't be a bad idea. Have you considered feeding the wet food off paper plates? I use heavy duty ones which hold up well to canned food (for a few hours) and you'd have one less bowl to wash.
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